Now a million on SoundCloud – This startup is scaling globally

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SoundCloud has just announced they have hit a million users. It followers their deal earlier this year with The Hype Machine, but it’s clear this is a startup that is scaling globally now from its base in Berlin.

The audio sharing site that’s geared towards those who work in the music industry is an online audio platform which lets musicians collaborate, promote and distribute their music via widgets and apps. It’s been variously described as a “Flickr for audio” or a “Vimeo for audio”, but whatever it is, it’s clearly got the kinds of tools and distribution platform which is winning both the hearts and business of artists.

But it’s going way more mainstream than that implies, becoming the source of stories like Lindsay Lohan trying to become a pop star and breaking new tracks and albums from established artists like The Foo Fighters.

SoundCloud had a €2.5 million Series A funding in April 2009 from Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures.

  • http://www.thestartup.eu Stefano Bernardi

    Congrats to Alex and the other guys! Soundcloud is one of my favorite startups in Europe.

  • http://bu.tt SkoalJohn

    Sounds pretty cool. They have a great music forum as well – http://bu.tt/b

    • http://www.soundsector.net Kevin

      Oow, C’mon the forum is bullocks.. None of the ‘grand’ artists posts in there, only people asking the exact same questions over and over again

      Anyway, Soundcloud is still doing it for me, using it daily :)

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  • http://future-of-music.com TFOM

    Watch the interview made earlier this year with SoundCloud founder Alexander Ljung http://future-of-music.com/the-rise-of-soundcloud/

  • http://www.yourneighbours.de Edial Dekker

    Congratulations Erik, Alex and the rest of the team. Well deserved and only just the beginning of world domination. And not to forget: a change of how music is distributed.

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  • Seth Eheart

    Never really got into last.fm or Pandora. I use Grooveshark from time to time,… but I am in love with Soundcloud. Very cool shit for people who love mixes. Finally a music with innovation.

  • http://www.djvibe.com djvibe

    yeah SC.. you guys are killin it! Love their service and wish I would have came up with the idea first.. Myspace came close but missed with the music side of things.. Sc allows fully customizable audio embeds for any site or blog. it is the youtube for audio.. and have you checked out the cloud player.. so sick!

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  • http://maxniederhofer.com Max Niederhofer

    Would love to know monthly recurring revenues! :)

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